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HWLH News Letter for October 2019 - Issue #0071 - Food Combining and Good Digestion
October 01, 2019
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October 2019 - Issue # 071 - Food Combining and Good Digestion
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With proper food combining and eating habits you can greatly improve digestion and definitely help achieve weight loss.Food combining and good eating habits can be a very handy tool during this time of year. Just think of all the events that are coming up that involve food, sweets and special beverages.
With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas (and all religious celebrations), office parties, the neighborhood get together, a holiday celebration with your closet friends and then top that off with a big bang at New Year’s Eve, it’s no wonder why the majority of people tend to struggle with their weight and extra calories during this time.
Then to add fuel to the fire, all off these festivities of eating and drinking also include days off work which make it easier to become more sedentary and less necessary to stay active.
So here is some food combining and eating habit tips that could come in handy, not only for the holiday season which is creeping up upon us, but if we could incorporate some of these habits into our daily lives, huge digestive improvements would happen.
Do Not Over Eat
Though this first rule is not specifically about food combining it is always mentioned due to the fact it is the most important rule for good digestion and weight loss.
Keep a Food Journal
A food journal can provide a wealth of information, showing you where improvements can be made when it comes to portion size, what we eat and when we eat. It can be a magnificent tool to help achieve weight loss and improve digestion.
Do Not Eat Late at Night
Eating before (or close to) bedtime leads to poor digestion because your digestive system is in the resting phase during this time which leaves food in the stomach undigested and fermenting, which can lead to problems such as acid reflux, indigestion and weight gain, to mention a few.
Eat Meals at the Same Time Every Day
Eating meals at roughly the same time every day is amazing for your digestion. Everything from the planets, nature, oceans and the human body all function on rhythms and the more regular our meals, the more regular our bathroom visits.
Try to avoid eating too much junk or processed food, as those are the real killers that can create poor health, weight gain and poor digestion.
Don’t just eat or drink anything to satisfy that hunger, try to eat and drink healthy foods that actually fuel the mind and body and reward you with energy.
Drink More Water
This is one of the easiest things a person can do to improve their health. The benefits list is a long one when it comes to drinking good amounts of water on a daily basis.
It hydrates us, helps carry nutrients and detoxifies the body. It also increases our metabolic rate and has zero calories making this beverage extremely weight loss friendly.
Don’t Drink While Eating
Try to avoid drinking any liquids while you eat because liquids dilute the digestive juices making it harder on digestion. If you can manage it, try to drink fluids 20 – 30 minutes before a meal or 20 – 30 minutes after it.
Chew, Chew, Chew Your Food
Take the time to enjoy your meals and savor every bite. The more you chew your food the easier it is on your digestive system.
About Food Combining
Doctors and scientists have studied food combining for centuries. More and more people are realizing the benefits of proper meal planning for three main reasons; healthy weight loss, disease prevention or curing existing symptoms that ail them.
The Basic Rules for Food Combining:
1. Eat proteins only with vegetables
2. Eat starches only with vegetables or other starches
3. Eat fruits alone
4. Sweets should not be eaten after protein
Certain combinations allows the food to ferment in your stomach which can cause unnecessary weight gain, bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, loss of energy, heart burn, constipation and many other problems.
Some health practitioners believe that all disease stems from the stomach.
The following food combining chart is a handy and quick reference that can be helpful when preparing meals and snacks.
Fruits are the most perfect food:
Fruit is one of the best foods to consume and are filled with healthy sugars.
They take the least amount of time and energy to digest and it gives you back the most in return.
Fruit should always be eaten alone or 20 minutes before any other food. The reason for this is that it digests very quickly on its own.
If we mix it with other foods, the fruit will get digested slower.
Eat Sweets Separately:
Sweets should not be eaten after protein. Not only are sweets filled with sugar and unwanted calories but we know that mixing sweets with protein, lengthens the digestive process, slowing down our metabolism, perhaps causing gas and leaving us with that bloated feeling.
This slow digestion also makes our digestive track a safe haven for food to ferment and putrefy and hinders the weight loss process.
So if you really are a sweet tooth, and want to treat yourself once in a while, make that piece of cake your lunch or dinner.
We hope you give one or more of these suggestions a try, even something as easy as drinking more water throughout the day create positive change.
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